Bill Gates, chairman and chief architect for Microsoft Corporation, is set to meet
with Middle East government officials and top businesses, during the Government
Leadership Forum Arabia (GLF Arabia). The event will be held under the auspices
of the Egyptian President, Mr. Hosni Mubarak, and will be hosted by Dr. Atef Ebid
the Egyptian Prime Minister on January 24, 25th.
Emre Berkin, vice president for Microsoft Europe Middle East and Africa, said:"
Our chairman's visit to Cairo translates directly into the ongoing commitment of
Microsoft to the Arab World and the ICT agendas of its governments and businesses"
The Government Leadership Forum is an annual Microsoft event that brings together
representatives from governments around the world to discuss how countries are streamlining
service delivery and empowering their citizens through the use of information technology.
The forum, held for the first time in the Middle East in Cairo, will focus on 'Modernizing
Government', 'Economic Development' and 'Education'. Gates is expected to meet government
officials and top businesses driving information, community and technology agendas
in the region. Gates is also expected to deliver the closing Key note of GLF Arabia.
Gates will also deliver the keynote speech at "Microsoft Developers Conference 2004",
an annual forum that brings together developers from around the world to exchange
and share expertise, ideas and learn about new technologies.
"Through our 16 offices across the Arab World, Microsoft has constantly delivered
technologies and programs tailored to the educational, social and development needs
of local communities," said Berkin. "Bill's visit is intended to explore current
and future modernization, development and educational objectives set by governments
and businesses and explore opportunities where Microsoft can continue delivering
on its social obligations to the region."